Finding Halal food in Queenstown for Muslim travelers is getting better. However, Queenstown still does not have a Mosque. With nearly 2 million visitors each year; the number of tourists usually exceeds Queenstown’s local population, which is less than 20000. Queenstown has a small Muslim population and with the increase in Muslim tourists visiting the city, some Halal-friendly facilities can be found.
Queenstown is a premier tourist destination located in the southwest of South Island in New Zealand. The city is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by the mountain ranges of The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak, Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand; it is the most popular tourist destination in the country, especially amongst adventure and thrill seekers.
With its beautiful mountain peaks, glistening lakes and clean alpine air, Queenstown offers its visitors some of the most spectacular sceneries in New Zealand. It is a cosmopolitan four season alpine resort that experiences hot summers and crisp cold winter. If you like the outdoors, then there is multitude of activities and attractions to suit all ages, tastes and budgets; from a relaxing day out to adrenaline pumping adventure.
Visitors looking for an adventure can choose from a variety of different activities such as bungee jumping, hand gliding, white water rafting, jet boating, river surfing and much more. However, those who prefer slow paced activities and attractions could take a relaxing lake cruise, visit a real New Zealand sheep station, or take a tour on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak or even take a four-wheel drive tour into the pristine back country.
Tourists can also enjoy the beautiful scenery by taking a helicopter ride to Milford Sound or by riding a gondola 400 meters above Queenstown to the skyline complex for a panoramic view of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains. Other activities include hiking, fly fishing and as well as enjoying the countryside on horseback. Travelers also have lots of other activities to choose from; land, lake and air. Those looking to kick back and relax without having to venture outdoors could enjoy some fantastic spa treatments and for golf lovers, an international standard golf resort at Millbrook is available.
The city offers diverse shopping opportunities, with designer clothes, arts and craft, jewelry, shoes and much more. The popular ‘shop all hours’ policy originated in Queenstown and hence most shops and boutiques are open till very late in the night. Queenstown has shops that sell popular world-renowned brands as well as those that are more locally known. The best places to shop are; Remarkables Park Town Centre, Beach Street and also the O'Connells Shopping Centre.
Queenstown Airport is the closest Airport to Queenstown and is one of the busiest airports in New Zealand. It is located in Frankton, Otago which is approximately 8 kilometres from the city centre of Queenstown. The airport is easily reachable and accessible by road. Buses, taxis and airport shuttle services are all available for travellers.
There is a small Muslim community in Queenstown, and with an increasing number of Muslims visiting the country, there are a number of Halal Restaurants in Queenstown. Nanado’s, Tandoori Palace, Freiyas Indian Restaurant, Mantra, Skyline Restaurant, Turkish Cuisine and The Spice Room are just a few restaurants that are Muslim-friendly and serve Halal food in Queenstown.
There are also quite a few vegetarian options that could be a fall-back for Muslim travelers unable to locate Halal restaurants. Visitors should be aware that some of the restaurants mentioned are Halal certified and/or Muslim owned while others do serve alcohol and other non-Halal items.
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There are no mosques in Queenstown but a few prayer facilities are present in the area. Muslim travellers are therefore advised to perform their prayers in their hotel rooms whenever possible.
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